Home Comparison Checklist

Carry this checklist while shopping for your house. It will help you evaluate the neighborhoods and assess the availability and condition of various features.

The checklist identifies many of the important factors to consider when choosing a home. In addition to an affordable sales price, be sure that the neighborhood and house meet the needs (and anticipated needs) of your family.   

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Property Address

 

 

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Financial Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asking Price

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Real Estate Taxes

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Estimated Water Bill

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Estimated Heating Bill

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Estimated Electric Bill

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The Neighborhood

Near Work (consider distance, time, tolls, etc.)

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Near Schools

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Near Shopping

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Near Expressways

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Near Public Transportation

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Near Doctors / Dentists

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Near Churches

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Near Parks

 

 

 

Near Trains / Airports

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Near Industry

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Garbage Collection

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Street Lights

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Sidewalks

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Streets / Alleys Well Maintained

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Traffic Volume

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Traffic Sounds

 

 

 

Neighbor's Property Well Maintained

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All Utilities Installed

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Neighborhood Covenants/Restrictions

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Area Zoned Residential

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Proposed Special Assessments

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Environment Concerns / Influences

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The House – (Note: Keep in mind “universal design” features that will allow you or loved ones to live in the house longer)

Age of House

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No. of Stories

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Wood Frame

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Brick Frame

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Wood & Brick Frame

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Aluminum Siding

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Roof Condition

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Foundation Condition

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Overall Exterior Condition

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Garage Size

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No. of Bathrooms

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Location of Bathrooms

 

 

 

No. of Bedrooms

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Locations of bedrooms

 

 

 

Adequacy of Closets

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Living Room

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Fireplace

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Separate Dining Room

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Family Room

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Drapes - No. of Rooms

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Carpeting - No. of Rooms

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Kitchen Eating Area

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Refrigerator

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Stove / Oven (Gas / Electric)

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Garbage Disposal

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Dishwasher

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Laundry Space

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Finished Basement

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Attic

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Oil Heat

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Gas Heat

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Electric Heat

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Hot Water Heat

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Insulation

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Central Air Conditioning

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Energy-Conservation Features

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Age of Heating System

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Age of Water Heater

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Capacity of Water Heater

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Age of Electrical Wiring

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Plumbing Condition

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Broken Windows

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Storm Windows / Screens

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Washer / Dryer Outlets

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Sump Pump / Drainage

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Connected to Sewer System

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OUTDOORS

 

 

 

Patio

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Backyard Fence

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Landscaping

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Driveway (paved, gravel, etc.)

 

 

 

Amount of Parking

 

 

 

Property Boundaries

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Security (dead bolts, detectors)

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Building Code

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Compliance

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Ability to Expand / Enlarge House

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